CSPR Study on Building Gated Cities: Lakewood, CO
The economic and fiscal impacts of restricting housing growth
In a period of rapid-growth and prosperity, a central question facing Coloradans is, "How do we manage anticipated growth?" The availability and affordability of homes is critical for individuals to raise a family, start a career and generate wealth. Businesses also need to be able to continue to attract and retain talented workers that can afford to live and thrive in the communities they work. The Common Sense Policy Roundtable Building Gated Cities report takes an in-depth look at a proposed 1% housing growth limitation in the City of Lakewood and the potential social and economic impacts of the measure. The report builds on the city's findings to suggest that the proposed legislation to limit housing growth - intended to cut down on congestion and improve quality of life - is likely to achieve the opposite.
New OSHA Silica Rule Started Sept. 23, 2017
Good-faith efforts considered for 30 days
In March 2016, OSHA issued the Final Rule on Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica for construction. The new rule reduces the permissible exposure limit for crystalline silica from 250 to 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air (μg/m3), averaged over an 8-hour shift. The new rule also requires the use of engineering controls, such as ventilation and wet methods for cutting and sawing crystalline silica-containing materials, to reduce workers' exposure to silica dust. OSHA has announced that it will consider good-faith efforts by employers to comply with the new silica rule for the first 30 days following the start of enforcement on Sept. 23. OSHA said it will offer outreach and assistance to help ensure that covered employers are fully and properly complying with the new requirements. Learn more with the NAHB Silica Toolkit.
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